I already completed middle school. I feel just handling the childcare issue was a challenge for this family. It is illegal in my state to let a child under 13 years old stay home alone. My daughter had difficulty in the city school system with bullying. Some of the surrounding towns will allow your child into their school system. Your resident city or town will be billed for your child’s tuition to attend a different town’s school. We couldn’t afford private school due to medical bills from my breast cancer and infertility treatment. We put our oldest’s name in the lottery. She was turned down during first grade. Second grade, her name was chosen. For years now, I have had the responsibility to transport her to and from school, which was not a big deal since it was on the way to my old job. I have had two jobs now for 5 years. After the youngest was born, I switched jobs. The main job is closer to Boston. It makes my commute an hour and half to two hours every work day.
I was fearing if my main job could accommodate next year’s school schedule. Child care for preteens really lacks. Summer camp and infant daycare swallowed my checks whole last year. She refused to go back to back to the art camp. Since my oldest is going to middle school, there is no afterschool program. My oldest can go to the library about an hour with friends and a cell phone. That’s not childcare! Which librarian signed up to be a childcare worker? I am also not thrilled to learn most of the middle schoolers and high schoolers hang out at the local corner store after school. If you read my last blog, I stood to loose income etc… My children are always first. I have been the one historical to take the blows at time to my vacation time. My husband does too.
Thursday morning, my stomach was so anxious, it was eating itself! I was overwhelmed about leaving a job that I didn’t want to leave. We can’t afford to move. Without the right wages, we can’t afford a house in that town. We owe some serious money for my youngest child’s conception. I sat down with a manager and had a conversation about look I need to know. My other job was willing to accommodate me and possible hire me to work with children. Instead of threatening to quit, I started the conversation with how I respected my place of work. Then, I asked I need those hours accommodated. I cringed like any second I would be asked to leave. Oh my! It worked out very much in my favor. I was offered to slowly transferred to the nursing home program. My heart beamed with such relief! Thank God! I don’t need to quit! I began to call my oldest and my husband. I hadn’t slept in nights! All that stress was for nothing! I was going to sleep tonight.
Then, a message came from the babysitter, who I thought I had made it clear my hours were changing, when she accepted the job. “I can only watch them on Wednesday and Thursday.” The text message said. I started to sob. I just told my boss a date. Now it looked like I had to back track. I ended up on my lunch break calling a mess of people for coverage for 3 weeks on Mondays & Tuesdays. All the stress came right back! I finally ended up hiring the teen, who does the church care for our church. She is going to come over my house. I just have to give her a lift home. This has been my week.
The family daycare was getting mad about me not giving her a deposit. She was telling me that she may be fully enrolled in shortly. That was a whole scramble to pay for a spot for my youngest, but she is enrolled now. She is not returning to the daycare center with multiple lead teachers. Her behavior has been extremely frustrating at times. I think the kids learned some bad behaviors while the toddlers had musical teachers, who never returned. Extremely small children require attachment to their caregivers. She wasn’t getting it there. I hope with regular caregivers she will calm down.
I understand we can’t afford to move. I should be painting the kitchen now. Every day, I take care of the kids and do something to move this house forward to our ultimate goal of moving, so Hope can walk home from school. Hopeful, now no more bumps in the childcare road. What makes me so mad is, she knew this volunteering for babysitting. She knew I was so in fear of loosing my job. It was like she waited to drop a bomb on me not knowing it. Mom is ready for middle school! Hopeful, we are not scrambling next year. I hope next year the blog reads. Yay! We are moving!
The good news is the job is going to be an opportunity to learn new skills with a population that I have had some interaction with. I think everyone won! August 14th, I will start my new schedule. Right after vacation!